In celebration of the debut of Dreams of Diamonds, a comprehensive new tome by the British photographers Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden, seven top diamond houses from around the globe will showcase a selection of their rarest items at the Gemological Institute of America’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., from now until May 8.
“Dream of Diamonds is unique because it is the largest book ever to be published that focuses solely on diamonds,” says Siddharth Kasliwal, designer and owner of Munnu the Gem Palace in Jaipur. “They are such magnificent stones and it’s amazing to see how each designer featured at the exhibition integrates diamonds into their collections so beautifully.” Kasilwal notes that his favorite design in the book—from Munnu, naturally—is a platinum 11-carat diamond ring fashioned into a blossoming flower.
The book, which weighs more than 30 pounds and took longer than six years to complete, spotlights 25 diamond necklaces, brooches, and rings from Adler, Chow Tai Fook, Diarough, Mouawad, Munnu the Gem Palace, and more. Many of the gems and jewels featured in the book will be on view at GIA’s exhibit this month, though no items will be offered for sale. (gia.edu)